PERSONAL TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
My primary aim as a teacher is to encourage and facilitate learning by providing the highest standard of quality teaching. I am responsible for facilitating and scaffolding the children in the classroom so that their full potential of learning can be reached. I am also responsible for planning lessons that are interesting and engaging for the children and that allow them to construct their own knowledge. I aim to inspire students in the pursuit of knowledge while recognising that individual situations and motivations vary. In my teaching I will engage students with enthusiasm and share my love of the subject matter.
I believe that, as teachers, it is our duty to ensure that learning takes place in a safe, open, and supportive environment, so that students learn the important aspects of developing and fostering positive relationships with others. My teaching involves knowing the needs of students and what they bring to the class by way of prior learning and using instructive and interactive teaching methods to expand and build upon it. This involves a blend of theory and practice. Each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a teacher to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.
I believe that prevention and guidance is the best classroom management tool. If children are exposed to good training and examples of positive behaviours by the teacher and other students, then they are likely to repeat those positive behaviours. Students will also have better behaviour if they feel respected by the teacher. A behaviour management system in the classroom should be one where the idea of logical consequences is implemented. Students need to learn that there will be consequences when misbehaviour takes place and that those consequences are directly related to the misbehaviour.
My teaching style is relaxed and accommodating. By enthusiastically engaging students in fascinating lessons and using strategies that focus on each child’s learning style, I believe that students will achieve academic success and build the self confidence to continue taking risks during the learning process.